Have Yourself a Fairy Little Christmas


With Christmas the Season to Believe in Holiday Magic~ I’m having a Fairy Little Christmas. . .


 Enter the Flower Fairies’ magical realm and suspend your disbelief. . . after all, only true believers are able to see the fairies!


Enchanted with the Flower Fairies, I created a table~ the Forest Floor~ where they are able to live in harmony with nature, safely hidden from human eyes ~

“Fairies require their homes to be cleverly concealed. A hollow in an old tree stump can be transformed into the perfect abode.”


I fell under the spell of this Stump de Noël Pan at Williams-Sonoma~ the fault of the Flower Fairies, I have no doubt as I followed their sparkling trail. . .

“Fairies sometimes sprinkle sparkling fairy dust upon trails to guide others to their home.”


I tried to resist the pull of this pan, since I have a several Nordic Ware pans and didn’t need another Christmas one~ but the enchanting woodland shape was too much to resist, especially when a coupon magically appeared by email :)

So a sculpted cake in the shape of a woodland tree stump it would be for the Flower Fairies~  a version of the French Bûche de Noël, drizzled with chocolate and decorated with Enchanted Forest Confections~ Mushrooms & Acorns I also found at Williams- Sonoma.


Little Chocorooms from World Market this Spring that adorned another Fairy Cake, and Poinsettias sculpted from Tootsie Roll Midgees, embellish the Flower Fairies’ dwelling~


I confess to using a box mix as a short cut with my busy December calendar and found myself reaching for Duncan Hines Amazing Glazes rather following the recipe included with the pan.

 The Flower Fairies didn’t mind my time-saving steps~ but are anxious to try the Stump de Noël Cake recipe ~with 1 1/2 cups sour cream and 6 oz. of bittersweet chocolate in the batter along with another 4 oz. of chocolate & 1/2 cup of heavy cream in the glaze!


tootsie roll poinsettia

Microwave your Tootsie Roll Midgees for 10 – 15 seconds and flatten with a rolling pin between two pieces of wax paper. Cut your flattened Tootsie Roll with kitchen shears into leaf shapes and use the heat of your fingers to mold the leaves and score veins with a toothpick.


I borrowed my Mother-in-Law’s Spode Christmas Rose for my table since flower beds are a perfumed paradise for fairies that adore beauty above all else. . .

“Every flower has its own fairy to care for it, which explains why most of my own fairy encounters have taken place in the garden.”


“When you happen across a tree stump, look carefully for any knot holes, which fairies often use as entrances to their home.”


“Some fairies prefer the security of being on the ground and it is here, at the foot of the ancient oak, that I have discovered another favourite dwelling place ~ the forest floor.”


“A fairy ring is a place where fairies meet to dance. To find such a ring, venture into a shady glade in a quiet part of the woods. Look for a circle of fungi growing. But remember that the fairies only dance by moonlight. . .”


“No need for journeying, Seeking afar: Where there are flowers, There fairies are. . .”


“Tread softly and speak quietly when you set foot in the fairies’ world. Who knows—perhaps you too will be allowed a glimpse into their magical kingdom?”



Fairy Little Christmas Table Details:

Dishes/ Spode Christmas Rose – Mother-in-Law’s

Goblets/ Mikasa French Countryside

Chargers/ Round – World Market, Scalloped – Pier 1

Napkins/ Pottery Barn

Napkin Rings/ HomeGoods

Flatware/ Horchow

Tablecloth/ Matelasse coverlet


Beautifully illustrated, the paper engineering with its lift-the-flaps, booklets, maps, holograms, and other ephemera, hold surprises waiting to be discovered, and are sure to delight both young readers and the young-at-heart alike!

 You can find it from Amazon here.


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  60 comments for “Have Yourself a Fairy Little Christmas

  1. December 12, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Mary, what a great cake pan. You decorated it so beautifully. I make a chocolate cake roll for Christmas Eve. Last year I attended a class to make a buche de Noel. It was a little bit of work. Yours came out fabulous – I love the poinsettias. xo

  2. Nann from At Nann's Table
    December 12, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    I love EVERYTHING you have done for your fairyland table. It is just beautiful. The cake too is extraordinary with all the little finishing touches. Thankyou for the little tutorial about the tootsie roll midget pointsettas. So very clever and so pretty. I am going to try that delightful idea.



  3. afoodie
    December 12, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Mary, I have about 6 of those Nordicware pans and the “heck” of it is finding a place to store them all but they are so much “fun” to bake with! Love your idea of the fairy Christmas. Your cleverness and savvy never cease to amaze me. Gawd, I love your site! Jackie

  4. December 12, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Your fairy table with that cake is just adorable. You have thought of every detail.

  5. December 12, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Another fabulous Christmas table, Mary! I love every little detail!

  6. December 12, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    I am totally enchanted with this fairy table!!! The cake is TDF and the embellishments are gorgeous especially the poinsetta! Thanks for the tutorial. I am such a horrible baker but MAYBE I could pull this off!!!!! I left a comment at the other post too. Fingers crossed:):) XO, Pinky

  7. Sheila
    December 12, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    I absolutely adore this table. I am amazed and totally love the tootsie roll poinsettias. Amazing. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Annie La Vigne
    December 12, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    This is so delightful. I don’t recall ever seeing that pattern in Spode before, it is beautiful…A

  9. December 12, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Encantadora mesa. Eu sei fazer aquelas flores de açúcar para colocar nos cup cakes. Irei tentar copias as ideias. Obrigada

  10. December 12, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Oh my gosh, what a wonderful table setting! I love fairies and so enjoyed reading your post and seeing your beautiful photos. Very creative and well done!

  11. December 13, 2011 at 7:25 am

    This is positively magical and enchanting! I love everything from the beautiful Spode to your delicious looking treats. I also absolutely adore your gorgeous layering of photography and of printed graphics to make this such an eye catching posts. Surely, the fairies must be well pleased!

  12. December 13, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Beautiful table and your chocolate stump cake looks so delicious! I love that pan – so much easier than making a buche and just as cute. Great touches with the little mushrooms and the pretty poinsettia garnishes.

  13. December 13, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    This is just beautiful Mary! Magical in fact! I love what you have done with all of the decorations!

  14. December 14, 2011 at 1:39 am

    You’ve done it again Mary!!!! WOW!!!!! So beautiful. I don’t know how you do it time after time. Thank you for sharing! HUGS!

  15. December 14, 2011 at 10:36 am

    The little details of your post amaze me. Love the little mushrooms and tiny poinsettias on that wonderful stump cake. Your post also reminds me of one of my favorite movies “Fairy Tale: A True Story”, Lovely.

  16. December 14, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    You never cease to amaze me! Your table is absolutely enchanting and charming. What a great cake pan and your cake looks delicious. The scene you have created is absolutely magical.
    I have been home with the flu and my Christmas spirit disappeared but your posts have brought it all back again. It is always so wonderful to visit you. Thank you!

  17. December 14, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Heading over to Williams Sonoma to look at that marvelous cake pan!

  18. December 14, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Please help I think I have fairies here somehow chocolates have gone ahead of time in the advent countdown and nobody ate them.
    Loved your posting

  19. Karen S.
    December 14, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Oh my fairies this is fantastic! I so want to make that cake, hmm maybe I just really need to eat that cake! Wow….you sure make the holiday baking look so easy!!!!!

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  21. December 14, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    This should have had a warning at the top not to look if you were hungry! I’m starving now! Popped in from Jenny’s!

  22. December 14, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    What a magical setting you have created!

  23. Liz
    December 14, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    I’m fairy-enchanted, too! Your pictures capture the lovely settings and decorations! Amazing what you can do with a Tootsie Roll! Thank you for sharing your beautiful table and your love for fairies!

  24. December 14, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    You’ve done it again…that is amazing. Those poinsettias made from Tootsie Rolls are beautiful. The cake, the scene…wonderful!

  25. December 14, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Always love your tablescapes! They are always so creative and beautiful. YOu outdid yourself this time as well. Love it.

  26. December 14, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Back again.. I love this table. Those spode dishes are so exquisitely pretty. I want to be a fairy just so i could see all these pretties up close. I am smitten with your style! Merry Christmas. May you and yours be blessed! xo marlis

  27. December 14, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    The depth of your creativity in the kitchen never ceases to amaze me!!! What a beautifully crafted cake!!! It’s perfect for your tablescape design, and all the little edible details are fantastic!!! Nice to see some white poinsettias, too. I love them! They really brighten up a room! Beautiful setting, Mary! Bravo!

  28. December 14, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    I don’t think I have ever seen lovelier Christmas plates before. They are so elegant! You always create the most fabulous tables. The stump is fabulous too. You know I love the magic of fairies and I am so glad that they enchanted you into creating another wonderful table.

  29. December 15, 2011 at 12:08 am

    Fantastic post! Fun! Flirty and fabulous! Thanks for sharing.

  30. December 15, 2011 at 12:23 am

    Fairy table perfection. You are such an artist! Love the Spode china, and the way you bring in earthiness to make it elegant and rustic at the same time. Simply beautiful. Wow. You’re living the dream, and making them come true for your guests. ~CJ

  31. December 15, 2011 at 2:17 am

    Wow! You are quite amazing. Who’d have thought that tootsie rolls could be made into something so gorgeous as your poinsettia leaves!?

  32. December 15, 2011 at 9:54 am

    As always, terrific, but what I’m really craving is a piece of the cake to have with coffee as I peruse the wonderful tablescapes this morning. I continue to be impressed by all the extra effort you put into your table.

  33. December 15, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Oh my goodness — you are one creative lady! I love your fairytale setting — just gorgeous.

  34. December 15, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Mary, I don’t know how you do it, but every tablescape is so enchanting…especially this fairyland one!! Those sculpted poinsettias are simply wonderful!!!!

  35. December 15, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    This looks all beautiful and delicious !

  36. December 15, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    The stuff that dreams are made of!


  37. December 15, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Your fairy table and cake are just so beautiful and creative. I love the china pattern, very, very pretty.

  38. December 15, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    What an adorable take on the typical Buche de Noel…. and the tootsie roll poinsettias are stunning! I played around with tootsie rolls one day and made a small rose, but will have to remember this one!

    Tootsie Roll Rose – http://butteryum.blogspot.com/2010/04/tootsie-roll-rose.html

  39. Michael Lee West
    December 15, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Oh, Mary, you have outdone yourself with this gorgeous post! What a delight.

  40. December 15, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    A wonderful cake — I saw that in the catalogue but refrained — perhaps I should not have.

  41. Tess
    December 15, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Oh how sweet this is!! I love the “fairy lore”…I’ve learned so much about fairies!! :-) Your cake looks DELICIOUS and is beautiful! Your dishes are gorgeous! I love this pattern. Charming, charming, charming!!!

  42. December 16, 2011 at 11:04 am

    What an amazing cake! I *heart* it. I want to come and have a Christmas tea with the forest fairies!!! :D

    Lovely post!
    Merry Christmas!
    Ricki Jill

  43. December 16, 2011 at 11:10 am

    A beautifully set table, very festive and creative. I love this.

  44. December 16, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Mary, your table is stunning as always!! Your MIL’s dishes are gorgeous, and I’d sure love to sit down to a piece of that delicious looking cake! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas.

  45. December 16, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Beautiful table and gorgeous dessert!

  46. December 17, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Now we’re talking decadence…that cake, I think I gained a couple pounds
    just looking at it. Kathi Have a nice holiday!

  47. December 17, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    You made poinsettias from Tootsie Roll Midgets?! I am blown away by this. Fabulous table, as always, but you really got to me with those Tootsies!

  48. December 18, 2011 at 3:21 am

    This is beautiful and I love your fairy little Christmas tablescape. :) I didn’t know my beloved W-S store carries this Stump de Noel Bundt Cake Pan until I saw your post on Foodie Friday! I made a Bûche de Noël au chocolat recently and just posted on my blog. Come check it out if you’re interested. Wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas filled with love and blessings!


  49. December 18, 2011 at 3:35 am

    Simply beautiful! I love it all – so magical! Happy Christmas!

  50. December 18, 2011 at 9:19 am

    That is amazingly beautiful!! I love the poinsettias!!!

  51. December 19, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    so sweet mary… you could be working for ws… much nicer presentation! you have been working harder then any fairy i know, pure magic as always! i bet it was so good, tell me you didn’t give that away :)

  52. December 19, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    This is the most beautiful use of Spode’s Christmas Rose that I’ve ever seen. Absolutely gorgeous design. Thank you for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  53. December 20, 2011 at 12:38 am

    Hi Mary,

    I got so excited when I started reading your post and saw the Spode “Christmas Rose” dishes! I love those!!! My hubs and I visited Replacements, Ltd., a week or so ago, and I did a post for Seasonal Sundays. Replacements was featuring those very dishes on a big table at the front of the store, and I just fell in love with them. I’d never seen that pattern before, but it really is gorgeous. You’ll have to look at the post; it’s on last week’s Seasonal Sundays.

    Your cake looks just beautiful. My mother-in-law made a “Yule log” cake, or buche de Noel, this weekend. Yours looks just yummy. I do enjoy your posts; they’re always so creative. :)

    Hope you have a blessed Christmas season.


    Denise at Forest Manor

  54. December 20, 2011 at 2:45 am

    I’ve been following your blog for some time and always find myself smiling and sighing. You do such lovely things and lend inspiration to my own decorating. I love that the fairy pop-up book inspired you. I have the same one. I’m a big fan of pop-ups. In fact, I wrote one. If you’re ever in the mood for a wintery snowflake themed table, drop me a line!

  55. December 20, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    This is absolutely Fabulous . . .
    I love the tootsie roll poinsettias. . .
    Thanks for linking to the letter “F”. . .

    My best wishes for a blessed and beautiful holiday for you and yours…

    Fantastic job. . .


  56. The Quintessential Magpie Blog
    December 19, 2013 at 9:22 am

    When I move in with you, Mary, I am going to expect a treat like this daily!



  57. December 19, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Beautiful, Mary! The cake is wonderful and thanks for sharing how you made the flowers. I didn’t even know tootsie rolls came in different colors.
    Thanks for joining the Open House party and Happy Holidays.

  58. Joni
    December 19, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Such an enchanting table you have put together!! The Spode is perfect for this table. Love, love, love the wonderful idea of the Poinsettia made with Tootsie Rolls — that is amazing. Your cake would delight any fairy. Joni

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